July 24, 2009
Many of you know my birthday is this month. I don't need gifts and usually I ask for nothing. You still don't have to get me anything. For those who feel compelled to get something, these would be the most significant to me:
- A donation in Emru's memory to one of the organizations listed below
- Telling someone how to register as a bone marrow or peripheral stem cell donor
Thanks very much to the many recent "birthday" donors who have already made donations, as well as all the people who have donated to help Emru and in Emru's memory during 2008 ad 2009. Everybody has already done so much. I also I would like to thank my friend Maya, who signed up as a donor. Also, a big congratulations to Sarah, who just met her donor.
Here's the list:
ACLT (AFRICAN CARIBBEAN LEUKEMIA TRUST)
I cannot say enough about this charity. ACLT will help anyone in need, but their focus is increasing participation of ethnic minorities and people of mixed ethnicity in blood and bone marrow donation. You can find Emru's appeal on their website here: http://www.aclt.org/index.
- Online directly: http://www.aclt.org/index.
- By Mail: Southbridge House, Southbridge Place, Croydon Surrey CR0 4HA
LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY: LIGHT THE NIGHT
Vicky is raising money for the LLS and participating in their walk this Fall. I plan to join her team on my birthday.
If you would like to pledge her, this is the link.
LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY: TEAM IN TRAINING
Donna McGovern is also training to participate in a NYC triathlon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. (Our mutual friend Penny was also a good friend of Emru’s.) Donna is completing this event in honour of Emru and for all individuals who are battling blood cancers.
BE THE MATCH (formerly THE MARROW FOUNDATION)
About half of all transplants with a National Marrow Donor Program match involve an international recipient or patient. There is a good chance Emru's donor was from the US.
- Facebook ($550 raised so far :) ): http://apps.facebook.com/c
- My friend Val is also celebrating on the same day, same cause: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/birthdays/98822?m=7acf6425
- Online directly on the Be The Match website: http://marrow.convio.net/s
- Other ways to give: http://marrow.convio.net/s